Before You Arrive

Online checklist – activate your IT account, register online and get key dates

Activate your IT account

Once you have firmly accepted our offer to study at Abertay, our IT Service Desk will email you instructions so that you can activate your IT account. Look out for the email, ‘Abertay University IT Account and Instructions’. You won’t be able to apply for accommodation or complete online registration until you've activated your IT account.

If you've accidentally deleted the email or have trouble activating your account or logging on, email the IT Service Desk.

Assuming you join Abertay University in September, this IT account is your gateway to an Abertay email address, access to timetabling and the University’s platforms and learning tools.

If you don’t meet the conditions of your offer, or decide not to join Abertay for whatever reason, your IT account is disabled.

Online registration

Abertay’s Registry team will email you with instructions by end August. Online registration provides the University with the information we need to register you and to confirm agreement to the terms and conditions of study. It also includes choosing any elective or option modules as that’s how we put your personal timetable together.

Key activities 2020

Arrivals: Details to be confirmed of times to pick up keys if you’re staying in halls of residence.

Freshers' Week 14-20 September: For September entry students.

Start of teaching 21 September

What's On - Freshers' Week 2020

We'll publish the Freshers' Week programme at the beginning of September on Abertay's intranet, MyAbertay. It will include degree course activities, induction sessions and social events. You must have activated your Abertay IT account to login. 

What to bring and what not to bring

Handy to have with you

The University won't ask to see these but they will be useful to have if you're moving to the city. 

  • Bank account details
  • National insurance number
  • Passport, driving licence

Study essentials

The University provides the latest version of Microsoft Office free of charge. There are plenty shops in Dundee where you can pick up supplies, but the following will help get you started:

  • A laptop
  • USB sticks
  • Notebooks/writing pads
  • Pens
  • Folders

Preparation courses - for school and college leavers

We run two preparation programmes to get you off to the best possible start at Abertay. One if you're joining us from college and one if you're joining us from school or have been out of education for a few years. Both are free and will run online 7-11 September 2020, the week before Freshers. You're automatically invited and we'll send you links in September. To find out more, see the University Preparation programme (UP) for school leavers and those out of education for a few years, and the Abertay College Transition programme (ACT) for those joining us from college.

Accommodation – options, booking and collecting keys

Abertay halls

Once you have a firm offer from Abertay you can apply for accommodation with us in our halls. If you're starting in September, you'll be guaranteed a room if you book by 1 August.

For full details of room options, pricing and how they are equipped, see Accommodation.

If you have a room in our halls, we will publish details soon about arrival and key collection.

Other student halls

If Abertay halls are full and you're unable to get a place, there are other student halls of residences close by.




Contact details


Mears - Old Mill

From £90 per week

01382 322650


Cairnlettings - Kingsway Apartments

From £80 per week

via webpage

01382 671017


Collegiate – Marketgait Apartments

Studios from £169 per week

01382 231155


Disclaimer: The University can't make any recommendations. Any contract is between you and the accommodation provider. We bear no responsibility for any agreements between you and the accommodation provider.

Bedroom essentials for halls

We don't supply bedding, so bring your duvet, pillows and sheet with you. Also bring a mattress protector unless you’re staying at Parker House, which supplies one. If you don’t want to carry bulky bedding on your journey, you can go shopping in Dundee or buy a set from our online store and it will be in your room when you arrive.

Other essentials for halls:

  • Plates and cutlery
  • Towels
  • Cooking utensils e.g. spatulas, wooden spoons
  • Cleaning materials
  • Toilet roll
  • Clothes hangers

What not to bring for halls:

Don’t bring items such pets, fridges, freezers, tumble dryers, microwaves, toasters, kettles and heaters. They’re not permitted unless there is a specific reason such as medication that must be kept in a fridge. This list is not complete, please contact us.

Overseas - pre-arrival guide

Coming from Overeas? Check out the 2019 Pre-Arrival guide:

International students – getting here and special events

Getting here

We recommend flying into Edinburgh, where you can take a bus or tram to the city centre and catch a train to Dundee. Check times and prices on the Trainline website

Check National Express to see if coaches are running between Edinburgh Airport and Dundee. If so, the journey takes 80 minutes and costs from £12. The coach drop off point in Dundee is a five minutes' walk to Abertay University. Book online in advance to be sure of a place.

Welcome event

We plan to hold a welcome event for international students which will give you the chance to meet other new students while hearing a bit about Dundee and Abertay. We'll publish details as soon as we have them.

Fresher’s Week (14-20 September 2020)

See our intranet at the beginning of September for information about registration, academic and social activities during Freshers' Week. You'll need an Abertay IT account to login.